LAYTON -- A FrontRunner train hit a woman as she was crossing the tracks Friday morning at the Layton train station.
"She's got a couple of cuts that need to be treated, but it looks like she's going to be OK," said Layton Police Sgt. James Petre.
"There are no broken bones, but the cuts are fairly significant. She'll be in the hospital for a while."
Police did not release the name of the 31-year-old woman who was hit by the train at 10:35 a.m.
Lt. Travis Lyman said the woman was conscious when they took her to the hospital.
Petre said the train did not run into the woman head-on, but rather it was a handle or something on the side of the train that likely hit the woman as the train passed by her.
The woman had just crossed the tracks in front of the train.
"The mass on those things are so much that a frontal impact would have been more substantial," Petre said. "It was a thing of inches."
Investigators said they do not know exactly why the woman did not see the approaching train.
"It's possible that if she was hurrying to catch the train, she looked at it and thought she had more time to cross," said Utah Transit Authority spokesman Gerry Carpenter.
"These are very large trains, and there is an optical illusion that they are going slower than normal."
Carpenter said the train was the southbound FrontRunner, scheduled to arrive at 10:36 a.m. at the Layton station, 150 S. Main St.
UTA has followed the company's procedure and placed the train operator on paid administrative leave while conducting an accident review.